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Picnolepsy

In our time, the "pernicious industrialization of vision" is alleged to have produced a "displacement of visual subjectivities and the standardization of visual experience". The contemporary vision machine is said to induce picnolepsy, a dissociative, disorienting condition based on a confusion of the actual and the virtual.[1]

hyena men

A fellow with a cellphone in a car driving through the streets of Lagos, Nigeria captured an image of a group of men with a hyena in chains. Sellers of herbs and amulets, the men travel the backwaters in taxis, employing the creature in shows that draw crowds. The image was e-mailed to a friend in South Africa. The friend, a professional photographer, immediately boarded a plane to see for himself.[2]

1.^Rob Bartram, "Visuality, Dromology and Time Compression: Paul Virilio's New Ocularcentism", Time and Society, Vol 13, 2004, 285-300.

2.^Pieter Hugo,The Hyena and Other Men, Prestel, 2007.

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